New York City is set to begin counting its more than half a million mail-in ballots Monday — votes that could swing several local races.
While the deadline for the state’s local boards of election to receive absentee ballots is Tuesday, the city will at least get a jump on the ones it has so far.
As of Friday, the number of mail-in votes received by each borough was: 199,352 in Manhattan; 161,762 in Queens; 106,987 in Brooklyn; 52,049 in The Bronx and 31,351 in Staten Island.
The total is about half the 1.1 million absentee ballots requested by residents.
Local races yet to be called because of the ongoing ballot-counting include:
11th Congressional District
Republican Nicole Malliotakis looks set to defeat incumbent Dem US Rep. Max Rose in the 11th Congressional District covering Staten Island and southern Brooklyn.
The particularly bitter, multimillion-dollar race is virtually over, with Rose appearing to be too far behind to catch up to his foe even with the number of mail-in ballots yet to be counted. Malliotakis has already claimed victory, but Rose has non conceded.
“As a soldier who fought for our democracy, I believe every vote should be counted,” he told reporters on election night.
Assembly District 46
Republican upstart Mark Szuskiewicz could upset Democratic incumbent state Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus for her seat in Coney Island in Brooklyn.
Szuszkiewicz — who has voiced online support for the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon, which claims the country is run by pedophiles and Satan-worshipers out to get President Trump, according to the Brooklyn Paper — is currently leading by a slim margin in the typically safe blue seat.
But there are still enough mail-in ballots out that Frontus could overtake him in the district, which covers parts of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Brighton Beach.
Assembly District 63
GOPer Anthony DeGuerre has a slim lead over veteran Dem incumbent Michael Cusick for a state Assembly seat on Staten Island, but the race is still very much up in the air.
Still, Trump handily carried the borough in this month’s presidential election, which may be indicative of why Cusick, who has been in office since 2003, is now in a fight for his political life.
Meanwhile, on Long Island, three state Senate Democrats are still battling it out amid absentee-ballot counting. They are state Sens. Monica Martinez, Jim Gaughran and Kevin Thomas.
New York City is accepting mail-in ballots postmarked by Nov. 3, Election Day. Absentee votes mailed in the US have until Tuesday to reach the Board of Elections, while those from overseas and from residents in the military have until Nov. 16.
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